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by Krogoth
Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Deleted TR
Replies: 16
Views: 1150

Re: Deleted TR

I do remember avatars were briefly a thing back when this site was new and I'd followed onto this site from Ars. I was lurking at the time.
by Krogoth
Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel’s “big” announcement
Replies: 2
Views: 431

Re: Intel’s “big” announcement

Maybe they'll will start rolling heads in the marketing department and try to listen more to engineering teams. The 800-pound gorilla is just trying to come back up from a nasty sucker punch or two.
by Krogoth
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Windows 10 hangs after long time idling. - ram issue?
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Re: Windows 10 hangs after long time idling. - ram issue?

It is most certainly a memory issue of some kind. I would strongly recommend pushing through several runs of Memtest86. The tricky part is determining if it is a faulty DIMM, faulty DIMM slot on the motherboard or the motherboard/memory controller doesn't like the timings/speed. It will require a bi...
by Krogoth
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Radeon R7 360 Graphic Adapter
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: Radeon R7 360 Graphic Adapter

That card is rebrand of R7 260 which is powered by Bonaire GPU which is basically a tiny version of Tahiti (HD 7870/7850). It is extremely dated and even low-end GPUs of the current and previous generations will run circles around it.
by Krogoth
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Rocket lake
Replies: 18
Views: 613

Re: Rocket lake

Intel can lose their lead in server just like IBM did -- but also just like IBM, if they do lose it they will lose it sloooowwwwwlllyyyyy. Unless, Intel is able to make a significant turn-around soon. It'll happen sooner then you would expect. It isn't just AMD either. You got Apple and ARM trying ...
by Krogoth
Fri Mar 12, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Rocket lake
Replies: 18
Views: 613

Re: Rocket lake

Intel can lose their lead in server just like IBM did -- but also just like IBM, if they do lose it they will lose it sloooowwwwwlllyyyyy. Unless, Intel is able to make a significant turn-around soon. It'll happen sooner then you would expect. It isn't just AMD either. You got Apple and ARM trying ...
by Krogoth
Fri Mar 12, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Rocket lake
Replies: 18
Views: 613

Re: Rocket lake

Sure, you're right, I just made it up and my post was based on imaginary experience. /s IIRC, you work in the government sector what happens there doesn't necessary apply to the private sector and vice versa. I have read a number of stories that IT Admins and departments getting burnt by Meltdown/S...
by Krogoth
Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Rocket lake
Replies: 18
Views: 613

Re: Rocket lake

I don't think that holds as much water as it used to in light of Spectre and Meltdown fiascos. Afterall, they had impacted those the market the most. The security updates/patch to get around these problem has costed those customers millions in terms of performance loss and downtime. Even PHB-types w...
by Krogoth
Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Rocket lake
Replies: 18
Views: 613

Re: Rocket lake

The main problem with 10nm node is that Intel can't reach the clockspeeds that they need yet. That's what prompted the backport in the first place.
by Krogoth
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Rocket lake
Replies: 18
Views: 613

Re: Rocket lake

IMO, Rocket Lake is a bit of hot mess. It seems like a compromise on trying to increase the adoption of AVX512 but Intel has to bump the clockspeed on a node process that it is at bleeding limit in order to keep up with Zen2-Zen3 SKUs. The underlying platform is more attractive then the CPU itself. ...
by Krogoth
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Best CPU for Gaming?
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: Best CPU for Gaming?

Honestly, the difference between the platforms at gaming performance are pretty trivial unless you absolute want the best with no expense spared. Right now, 5950X holds that crown but upcoming 11900K may dispute that. That's assuming you can find them. They are nearly unobtanium (likely for 11900K a...
by Krogoth
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: PCI-E Lanes for a Chipset
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Re: PCI-E Lanes for a Chipset

It's 16 from the CPU directly and an additional 24 off the chipset that share the DMI/QPI/whateverthehelltheycallitnow bandwidth between the chipset and the CPU. Intel now calls their CPU interconnect UPI for their HEDT/server platforms. I thought they didn't implement it on their normal desktop pl...
by Krogoth
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: PCI-E Lanes for a Chipset
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Re: PCI-E Lanes for a Chipset

For the last couple of normal desktop platforms from Intel. The CPU itself has a PCIe controller that drives up to 16 PCIe lanes and an additional 8 PCIe lanes are driven by the PCIe controller on the PCH. The PCH is linked to the CPU through a DMI. It is a similar setup on the last couple of AMD pl...
by Krogoth
Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Snag a 6900XT
Replies: 6
Views: 701

Re: Snag a 6900XT

Nope, it is real and products are shipping if you are willing to look hard enough and pay out the current premiums.

https://imgur.com/a/tafyUdG
by Krogoth
Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Snag a 6900XT
Replies: 6
Views: 701

Snag a 6900XT

I had managed to snag a Sapphire Nitro+ 6900XT at the Newegg. It wasn't cheap, but boy it is a big sucker that manages to dwarf the RX Vega 64 that it replaced. I had some difficulty getting it to fit inside my current chassis. In terms of performance, it is easily twice as fast as Vega 64 if not mo...
by Krogoth
Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Windows 10 ocassionally freezes in youtube
Replies: 15
Views: 1403

Re: Windows 10 ocassionally freezes in youtube

Eliminating causes will help narrowing it down. If Firefox works okay, and both FF and Chrome use hardware acceleration and same codec, you know it's unlikely to be hardware; if even without hardware acceleration it gets stuck, it's unlikely to be hardware; etc. I disabled hardware acceleration in ...
by Krogoth
Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Windows 10 ocassionally freezes in youtube
Replies: 15
Views: 1403

Re: Windows 10 ocassionally freezes in youtube

in order to figure out whether there is an issue with the software or the hardware of my laptop; troubleshooting these 2 particular videos is irrelevant. Eliminating causes will help narrowing it down. If Firefox works okay, and both FF and Chrome use hardware acceleration and same codec, you know ...
by Krogoth
Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Windows 10 ocassionally freezes in youtube
Replies: 15
Views: 1403

Re: Windows 10 ocassionally freezes in youtube

It might be an issue video driver issues since newer videos used hardware acceleration. I had the same problems with my Vega 64 when it was brand new and AMD RTG later fixed it with a driver release.
by Krogoth
Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best AMD graphics Card this year?
Replies: 2
Views: 371

Re: Best AMD graphics Card this year?

AMD GPUs are going to be short supply well into 2021. Their limited 7nm lot with TSMC is shared with their more profitable CPU chiplets. It simply makes more economic sense to allocate the bulk of the 7nm production towards CPUs. AMD also has committed contracts through Microsoft/Sony for their PS5/...
by Krogoth
Wed Dec 09, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Chuck Yeager
Replies: 2
Views: 768

Re: RIP Chuck Yeager

Indeed, good luck finding test pilots of his caliber. Most of original astronauts are gone and the few that remain are close to crossing into the final frontier.

They all have "The Right Stuff"
by Krogoth
Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: So, what do you guys think of the new Ryzen 5000 series?
Replies: 28
Views: 1649

Re: So, what do you guys think of the new Ryzen 5000 series?

Yep, the new RDNA2 cards have put a light under Nvidia's chair. AMD is finally back at the high-end portions of the gaming market and has been absent here since Hawaii a.k.a 290X. The biggest losers are scalpers hoarding up limited stocks who now have to move their stuff back at cost or at a loss (m...
by Krogoth
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1602
Views: 89551

Re: Something's different...

There might be nod for the 28th with AMD's official unveiling of RDNA2, but I wouldn't hold my breath
by Krogoth
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: The Tech Report forums got a big upgrade
Replies: 133
Views: 19285

Re: The Tech Report forums got a big upgrade

Things went downhill because banner ad revenues dried up as pretty much everything moved to YouTube. <-- a bit of an oversimplification, but mostly sums it up While the viewership of young demographics prefer flashy videos over boring, old charts and text that outline the data/results. It is a irre...
by Krogoth
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RTX 3090 in my paws!
Replies: 7
Views: 1070

Re: RTX 3090 in my paws!

Nah, they are waiting for 3090 to generate "warm" for them sit on top of the chassis.
by Krogoth
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: NVIDIA Moving Ampere to TSMC 7nm - Anyone else find this hard to believe?
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: NVIDIA Moving Ampere to TSMC 7nm - Anyone else find this hard to believe?

Nvidia already made GA100 on TSMC's 7mn node. Other chips will come out as a retooled Ampere since chip design needs to be tweak for the different node. I suspect Nvidia is going to axe some of the GPGPU functions out of the re-tooled customer designs in order to make it more efficient and be more o...
by Krogoth
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 1617

Re: TR Frankenbot 2020

Any other contributors to Frankie? I'm curious to see if somebody managed to snag an Ampere chip to put it through its places with folding. :wink: Recently, it looks like the folks at Stanford were able fully implement CUDA support so the client should be able to harness more throughput from Nvidia ...
by Krogoth
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: So, what do you guys think of the new Ryzen 5000 series?
Replies: 28
Views: 1649

Re: So, what do you guys think of the new Ryzen 5000 series?

It is basically a redux of Athlon 64 X2 stomping out Intel's offerings back in the day. AMD knows this which is why their pushing higher price points on their Zen3-based SKUs while older Zen-2 stock will take-up budget-minded space.
by Krogoth
Fri Oct 02, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 1617

TR Frankenbot 2020

(Lightning crackers/flashes in the background in the Damage Labs) Its alive!
by Krogoth
Fri Oct 02, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How to use an outlet adapter
Replies: 21
Views: 1053

Re: How to use an outlet adapter

Instant Darwin Award material.....
by Krogoth
Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: NVidia Ampere
Replies: 42
Views: 1786

Re: NVidia Ampere

Ampere cards will likely experience supply issues that will persist until Q2 2021. The demand is going to be insane and scalpers are going to try to cash in so expect prices to be inflated by 20-30% of MSRP. Right on all counts except the scale of the markup. I've seen some for +150% :o I didn't ex...
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